Rape at 36, quai des Orfèvres: seven years in prison required on appeal against the two police officers – Le Monde

The public prosecutor requested, Wednesday, April 20, confirmation of the seven-year prison sentence of two police officers accused of gang rape of a Canadian tourist at 36, quai des Orfèvres, in 2014, and judged on appeal by the Court of Assizes of Val-de-Marne. “The decision which was rendered three years ago”, in January 2019, when the two defendants had been sentenced at first instance in Paris to seven years in prison, “was balanced”, estimated the Advocate General, Christophe Auger , during his indictment. During the evening of April 22, 2014, Emily Spanton, a Canadian tourist, met several police officers from the Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) in an Irish pub located opposite their premises at the time, the famous 36, quai des Orfèvres, in Paris. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Trial of the “rape of 36”: two police officers at the assizes In a state of shock and collapsed While the atmosphere is flirtatious, the agents offer a visit to “36” to Emily Spanton. According to witnesses, when the young woman entered the premises at 12:40 a.m., staggering, she was joyful, while at 2 a.m. the Canadian tourist was in a state of shock and collapsed. Emily Spanton reports gang rape. “Do these meetings at the pub, initiated by the defendants, mean that she would agree to go up to “36” to have sex? Because a woman has a short skirt or shorts, she would necessarily want to have sex? “, was indignant the Advocate General during his indictment, castigating ideas “from another era”. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Trial of the “rape of 36”: Sébastien C., the third man During the investigation, the complainant identified the two accused, Antoine Q. and Nicolas R. (we anonymize the officials of police under the decree of April 7, 2011 relating to respect for the anonymity of certain police officers, but not the civil party, who spoke publicly about the case in the media), as being part of the “three or four men” who raped her. These two men appealed their conviction in 2019 and still claim their innocence. “When they were at the pub, they didn’t want to rape Emily Spanton,” said Christophe Auger during his indictment. “They thought they could have consensual sex with her. But she doesn’t want to. So we serve him a glass of whiskey to force his consent. And it happens what happens,” he added. Traces of DNA found Antoine Q.’s DNA was found inside the complainant’s vagina. He explained it by a consented digital penetration into the car he had used to bring her to “36” from the pub where they had met. “Highly improbable”, retorted Christophe Auger, the DNA having been found at the bottom of the vagina. Nicolas R. told him that he had had oral sex, consented, from the complainant. Prosecution against him, the text message – “It’s a cougher [partouzeuse]. Dispatch” – sent to another police officer, for a time placed under the status of assisted witness in this case. The Advocate General relied in particular on the “lighting” provided by the first psychiatrist to have seen Emily Spanton, forty-eight hours after the fact, when she was “in a state of acute stress”. Heard during the debates, which have lasted for more than two weeks, this psychiatrist declared that the “psychotraumatic disorders” which she then presented “corresponded to the facts which she denounces”. “There are inconsistencies and imprecise things in his speech, but no attempt at manipulation,” he explained. The floor will be given to the defense on Thursday. The verdict will be given on Friday. The World with AFP